Another 24 Hours of Le Mans has come and gone, and once again, Audi finds itself on top of the podium – and well, all of it – with a 1-2-3 finish at the endurance classic.
For the 11th time in the last 13 years of the race, Audi has finished in the top spot. With this victory, the German automaker is now five wins behind Porsche for the most victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And while it may also seem routine for Audi to capture the 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, this year was a little different.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro became the first hybrid car to ever win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the two hybrid diesel race cars finishing 1-2. In third place was the Audi ultra. What will undoubtedly make the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans memorable however, was how formidable the hybrids were in competition. For the first part of the race, Toyota put up a good fight but both cars were sent out of the race early on, which was very disappointing.
But for another year, Audi will hold onto the championship crown with drivers Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, and Benoit Treluyer once again becoming defending champions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.